This holiday season can have the makings of a bit of a doozy. After a year off, many people welcome their friends and relatives again for the holiday season.
And while it’s recommended that meetings be kept small and selective to limit the risk of COVID-19, there’s still a chance that when you celebrate, you can do it a bit more this year.
People drink more on vacation, and the data shows it. There are numbers that suggest alcohol consumption doubles from Thanksgiving to New Years, so the alcohol flows a bit more easily.
And that can lead to problems. Too much alcohol can put unnecessary stress on your liver and brain and add fuel to what can be a difficult emotional time. It can also contribute to a multitude of short and long term health implications.
Here are some of the ways to manage your drinking this season if you are ready to socialize and enjoy the company of others.
Drink non-alcoholic drinks. Let’s say you have a glass of wine, beer, or spirits. Before taking a second, drink something alcohol-free. Water, sparkling water, juice, or non-alcoholic beer or spirits can help slow down alcohol consumption and provide a few other benefits.
Other fluids can help dilute or slow the absorption of alcohol while helping to compensate for the dehydrating effects of alcohol.
Eat while you drink. Food also helps slow down and limit alcohol absorption and may even reduce the risk of specific hangover symptoms.
Remember that the effects of alcohol may start to be felt before you notice them. Space out the drinks to get a good idea of ââhow it affects you before you run out of them.
Finally, remember to avoid drunk driving and have a back-up plan if you plan to drink at a social gathering.